AndrewJ wrote:A final irritation about the new timetable:
The 17:08 from Deansgate to Poynton (the only one of the day from Deansgate) will now start at Piccadilly instead so there is now no direct service, and no connecting service either. Yes I know it is not that far to walk or Metroshuttle between the two, but it still potentially adds another 15 minutes or so to the journey and creates a multi-trip journey with a heavy bag. I guess I've got 7 months to wait for them to be reinstated (fingers crossed).
It's one of many situations in the North in recent times.
Liverpool lost its direct train to Blackpool after Liverpool - Wigan electrification but before Blackpool electrification to release diesel trains.
Transpennine had to borrow slower Northern trains for the Blackpool and Barrow route because they lost some trains to Chiltern Railways (one of the very few longer franchises and one which is nil subsidy).
Northern now operate Manchester - Preston - Blackpool / Barrow /Windermere with 4 x Transpennine trains and older stock than Transpenine did before hiring Northern trains. After May they will use 2 x Transpennine trains and slightly newer "express" trains but still older and slightly slower than Transpennine's newer trains.